[CentOS] centos Installation on Multiple machines

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Mar 24 14:51:44 UTC 2010

premrajm at digilink.in wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to install customized centos on multiple systems. Can PXE boot do 
> that ?
> Apart from this is there any other way of doing image copy of centos OS 
> and installing it on several client machines through network. I used 
> clonezilla, but after image cloning, i will again have to use the 
> clonezilla LIVE CD on client machine to do a image restore.
> I want to make a clone of centos OS and store it in a server and keeping 
> installing it on multiple machines with same hardware features from 
> network. Is this possible ?

If the hardware is similar enough that you can use clonezilla and you have a lot 
of machines, set up drbl to pxe-boot into clonezilla with the server mounted to 
access the image storage: http://drbl.sourceforge.net/.  There's a yum repo that 
works with rhel/centos.  Unlike cobbler, etc., this will also work to clone 
other linux versions and windows.  If the image is small enough, you can also 
build a self-booting DVD that contains clonezilla plus the imagae - or you can 
put them on a bootable USB device.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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